Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

San Antonio named site for 2025 NCAA® Men's Final Four®

San Antonio named site for 2025 NCAA® Men's Final Four®

Houston earned its fourth Final Four by capturing the 2023 event, while Phoenix will host in 2024, San Antonio in 2025, and Indianapolis in 2026.

"San Antonio continues to raise the bar for the tournament", Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. L.A., Detroit and north Texas were unsuccessful in this round of Final Four bidding.

Glendale and Phoenix have only hosted the Final Four once 2017.

The 2021 Men's Final Four will mark the 24th time since 1940 that the men's basketball championship has come to Indianapolis.

Although San Antonio was lauded after this spring's men's Final Four, members of the delegation that made the city's pitch in Boston weren't taking anything for granted. "They'll see how that stadium works, and it's a little bit different with open air (University of Phoenix has a roof that was closed during the 2017 Final Four)". And you know what? "I'd like to thank the NCAA for selecting our great city as the location for the 2025 Final Four and I also want to congratulate everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes on the bid and presentation. It is the strategic investments that we have made together as a community that allows us to continue to see our profile lifted on an worldwide stage". That includes possibly adding more permanent suites.

Johnson wasn't keen about harping on Phoenix's past mega-event history.

"We thought they could have gone either way", for a Final Four site in the west, Johnson said. "I think the National Basketball Association really loves the arena, they love everything that's happening, but they wanted to see that there's hotels up because it's critical for how the National Basketball Association presents the All-Star Game".

From 1997 to 2013, the NCAA required that all Final Fours take place in venues with a minimum seating capacity of 40,000 people.

"The coordinated efforts of these different stakeholders is unique to Arizona and provides us with a competitive advantage in our efforts to attract major events to the Valley", Glendale city manager Kevin Phelps said in a statement. "But if I had to give my best guess, it was that we just showed them that we could do it".

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